If you’ve always hoped to see Fedor Emelianenko step in the Octagon, and shed a tear when he signed with Rizin Fighting Federation, well, “The Last Emperor” has offered up a glimmer of hope…(yes, feel free to sigh).
As you know, Emelianenko is scheduled to fight Jaideep Singh at Rizin’s upcoming, New Year’s Eve show, in what will be his first bout since 2012 (and this booking didn’t do much to cheer up fans who were hoping Fedor would sign with the UFC). After the signing was announced, some folks concluded that Fedor has opted to take big money, lower stake fights, rather than battle the world’s best.
“Time will tell if there can be an opportunity to work with the UFC, as well as with other companies.”
Now sure, if you’ve given up hope at this juncture of Fedor fighting in the UFC, no one can blame you. Further, it’s always been clear that Fedor and his camp are just fine if he never fights for ZUFFA. Case in point, Emelianenko also claimed this in the interview:
“[When Dana White came to Moscow], the negotiations began with the fact that [the UFC] has the best fighting organization, and that they will do better promotion. I do not need promotion. I didn’t want to just to attract attention on this fight and retire. If you do something, then it has to be meaningful.”
Guess we’ll see what happens. First things first; Fedor needs to score a win on NYE. The 39 year-old fighter will be looking for his 35th pro win.
Rizin’s December 31st card will take place in Saitama, Japan.